The U.S. Navy and the Department of Health and Human Services are adopting an agile approach to accelerate the procurement process and stay ahead of technology trends, Federal News Network reported Monday. James Geurts,Â assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition, said theÂ service is asking private sector talent to work in the government for a few years as part of its agile acquisition efforts.
âSo then, how do we create a much more fluid talent mechanism, where itâs OK for you to come intoÂ government for two years and learn, and then bounce back out, or vice versa, where we can create programs to leverage each other and break down some of the barriers,â GeurtsÂ noted. He said the service also launched a platform, NavalX, to connect innovators with Navy operations.
Oki Mek, chief technology officer at HHS, said the department is advancing agile acquisition through its blockchain platform HHS Accelerate designed to identify the lowest prices on commonly procured items by looking through acquisition data.
âThatâs what weâre trying to do in terms of acquisition â really focusing on the TurboTax model, digitizing the data, building a good data taxonomy, analyzing the data, then sharing the data,â Mek said.